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Group Voices Opposition To New Climate Change Bill

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - At a rally in downtown Nashville the group Energy Citizens voiced its opposition to a new climate change bill passed recently in the U.S. House.

"The bill that passed the house is one of the scariest bills I have seen," said Deb Woolley, President Tennessee Chamber of Commerce.

The speakers called the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 scary, radical and foolish.

"When they looked at Tennessee they said in 2015 in 5.5 years from today we will have lost almost 30,000 jobs because of this bill," said Woolley.

The message was not always vocal, but loud and clear as people wore t-shirts and signed petitions.

"It will potentially cost us jobs. It will increase the price of fuel and it will hurt Tennessee families," said Jonathan Edwards, Edwards Oil Company.

Community leaders, lawmakers, farmers and business owners took the stage and filled the Wildhorse Saloon. They claim the bill raises taxes, gas prices and energy costs.

"We really need to communicate. We need to be able to talk to our senators tell them what's in it, in case they don't read it," said Tonya Jones, Mark IV Enterprises.

Outside the Wildhorse stage there were two men protesting the energy rally in a smaller voice.

"They are trying to portray like it's a rally from public, but that not really true, people who work for oil companies are in their rallying," said protester JC Monterrosa.

The goal was to encourage people to study or at least learn about the 1,300 page bill.

"This bill will not deliver the environmental benefits these wacko's in Washington are telling us it's going to," State Rep. Beth Harwell.

The energy rally is one in a series of them across 19 states during the congressional recess period.

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